Hudson, Braves Outduel Strasburg, Nats

By scotthumphries

Tim Hudson pitched seven shutout innings to outduel rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg as the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Monday night.

The game featured a great pitchers’ duel between Hudson, the Braves’ best pitcher, and Strasburg, the Nationals’ rookie sensation, and the game lived up to it’s pre-game hype as the two pitchers matched zeros through 6 and 1/2 innings before the Braves erupted for five seventh inning runs, with four of those runs being charged to Strasburg.

Eric Hinske snapped the scoreless tie with a seventh inning rbi sacrifice fly and Yunel Escobar, Gregor Blanco, and Omar Infante all followed with rbi-singles, while Martin Prado capped the five-run uprising with another rbi sacrifice fly.

Hudson (8-3) pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for the Braves to get his eighth win of the year, while Strasburg (2-2) surrendered six hits and four runs in 6 and 1/3 innings   and took the loss for the Nationals.

Jonny Venters pitched a pair of hitless and scoreless innings to close out the game for Atlanta, combining with Hudson on a five-hit shutout.

The Braves improved their record to 45-32 with the win, while the loss dropped the Nationals to 33-44 on the year.

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